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Gray Primary School Library was officially opened in June 2012 but has been operating since term 4, 2011.
The large open area is home to four main centres; fiction, picture books/storytelling, non-fiction and activity area and has the capacity to cope with more than one class at a time. The Classroom / meeting room, Circulation desk, Computer area, Lexile and some teacher resources make up the rest of the space.
All shelving has been fitted with wheels giving the library flexibility when needed.
The classroom / meeting room situated within the library is not only used during library class visits but also scheduled on a regular basis by several groups and organisations within the school’s community. The Library also has an ‘outdoor section’. This is a fantastic area for our perfect dry season weather and can be used for reading and storytelling and other small activities such as mother’s day stalls, etc.
The encouragement of reading for fun and reading for learning is promoted constantly and assisted with the libraries wide range of resources. The library aims to support the school’s policies and by providing the necessary resources for the key learning areas of the Curriculum Framework.
The Library is open at lunchtimes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students can come in and read books, do jigsaws, play board games or do quiet drawing. Students can also access the computers on these days on a year level roster basis.
The Library holds a yearly Book Fair which gives students, parents and friends of the school’s community an opportunity to purchase books at a fair price. The Book Fair runs for a week and culminates with a ‘Dress Up as your favourite character or theme based day’ on the Friday.
National Simultaneous Storytime
This national event is held every year in May and has the valuable policy of promoting reading by getting everyone together at the same time on the same day to read the same story. The Library involves the whole school community and stages this event in the Assembly Hall.
The Library is well resourced in various collections that students can borrow during their weekly library lessons. The collections available for students to borrow are as follows:
These are borrowed during their weekly class visits.
Book Borrowing Limits
Book Borrowing limits are flexible especially if the students need extra resources for their study. There is a time period of 2 weeks for borrowing.
All books need to be returned in the same condition as borrowed. Overdue Notes are issued to help remind students of books that need to be returned. A contribution fee of $10 is requested to go towards the replacement cost if the book is damaged or lost. If the book is found and returned the money will be reimbursed.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss